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Have a case of wanderlust but a budget that doesn’t? We compiled a list of the top 5 best accommodations sites that will allow you to travel without spending a dime on a place to stay (and help you make a few new friends along the way).

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Photo by Luke licensed under CC BY 2.0.

 

1. Couchsurfing

The most popular site for free stay is Couchsurfing. People all over the world open up their homes to host travelers for free. The site is all about community so whether or not you’re available to host nor travel, you can still meet travelers visiting your city.

 

2. BeWelcome

A nonprofit with more than 70k members, BeWelcome aims at connecting you with a local to show you their city, no matter where you go. Trading taxis for airport pickups, the guidebook for a personal recommendation, and a hotel for a local home, the site wants to make every trip one where you have a local friend.

 

3. Trust Roots

Hitchhikers, musicians, dumpster drivers, hackers, buskers, and nomads of all types are encouraged to join “tribes” via Trust Roots to meet like-minded travelers. All about creating community and forming friendships, the site offers a platform for people to open up their homes to host travelers for free.

 

4. MotoStays

Have you ever dreamed of driving cross-country on a motorcycle? MotoStays was created by motorcyclists for motorcyclists to swap hotels for free home stays for trips all around the globe.

 

5. Horizon

Love the idea of staying for free, but not too keen on the idea of sleeping at a stranger’s house? This app helps you find hosts via your mutual Facebook friends and groups. So wherever you go, you’ll have a friend-of-a-friend!

 

During your travels have you stayed somewhere for free via one of these platforms? Share this post and write about your experience in the comments below!

(Read: 9 Ways to Save Money on your Next Vacation)

For more tips on lodging, read at ATR:

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The 8 Best Websites for Home Exchanges

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9 Comments

  1. That’s a great list for travelers. I’ll sure keep it handy during our travel adventures in April. Thanks 🙂

  2. Wow! I never knew anything like this existed. Especially nowadays. I’d like to learn more and will check out the links.

  3. Amy Shellman

    This is really interesting, but I think i would be concerned about the safety of these sites.

  4. Wow, never knew about most of these sites but I’d be sure to check them out.
    They’d definitely be super helpful for my next trip 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing this resource! I had no idea about these. Horizon actually sounds up my alley 🙂

  6. Wow, I had no idea these things existed! That’s swesome for the broke traveller like me! And great for learning the city like a local!

  7. My husband travels a lot for his business all through the year and these are some great suggestions to make use of. I am going to suggest all where BeWelcome and Horizon sounds really interesting among these!

  8. Thanks for sharing these links! I need to check out these links and would love to experience!

  9. Such a a great post.A perfect list for travel crazy person like me.Thanks for sharing this

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